Hare takes over in 2nd half to lead NIU to 23-15 win at in-state rival Northwestern

Drew Hare passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Northern Illinois to a 23-15 win over in-state rival Northwestern on Saturday.

He got help from Da'Ron Brown, who hauled in the two TD passes and finished with six receptions for 128 yards.

Hare, who didn't play until the second half, completed six of 10 passes for 109 yards and had 11 rushes for 31 yards. Hare was the third quarterback to play for the Huskies.

NIU (2-0) is 5-3 versus Big Ten teams since Sept. 19, 2009. The Huskies also lead the nation with 16 straight road victories (games played in opponents' stadiums).

Trevor Siemian was 27 for 41 for 268 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Northwestern (0-2) before leaving the game with an apparent right leg injury after a late hit with 3:15 left in the game.